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Music Technology

The course focuses on working with music as an engineer and producer. It gives students the opportunity to develop their listening skills and provides them with a sound understanding of the important development of music technology since 1910. Students will be able to experience recording with different equipment and in different contexts, all of which are facilitated within our own high-spec studio. The course also gives them the opportunity to work with professional musicians which in turn may give them connections to pursue when they have finished their studies.


Exam board: Edexcel

Essential Entry Requirements: Standard Sixth Form requirements

Preferred Entry Requirements: Grade B or above in GCSE Music, the ability to play an instrument or sing, and a keen interest in Music Technology

Pre-Course Material: This is available here.


 

Additional Costs

Edexcel Music Technology Revision Guide (not yet released) approximately £15 (compulsory)

Shure Studio Headphones £40 (compulsory)

Memory Stick £10 (compulsory)

Music Technology from Scratch £15.95 (optional)

Edexcel Music Technology Study Guide   £22.00 (optional)

 

Assessment

Component 1: Recording (60 marks, 20% of the A Level qualification)

This unit develops production tools and techniques needed to capture, edit, process and mix an audio recording. Students will make one recording of a song chosen from a list provided by the exam board. This song will include a minimum of five compulsory instruments and two additional instruments. Students will be able to sequence keyboard tracks if they wish and the total time of the recording will last between 3 and 3 ½ minutes. This work will be completed using Logic X on an iMac and the majority of the work for this component will take place in our studio.

Component 2: Technology-based composition (60 marks, 20% of the A level qualification)

This unit requires students to create, edit, manipulate and structure sounds to produce a technology-based composition. They will be required to choose from three briefs set by the exam board and your piece will last approximately 3 minutes. Students will develop their sound synthesis skills and will learn to manipulate and create audio samples. This work will be completed using Logic X on an iMac.

Component 3: Listening and analysing (Written Exam – 1 hour 30 mins, 75 marks, 25% of the A level qualification)

This unit requires students to listen and analyse a series of unfamiliar recordings supplied by the exam board. Students will be asked questions relating to the recording and production techniques, the principles of sound and audio technology and the development of recording and production technology. This will be completed using individual CD players during the main exam period.

Component 4: Producing and Analysing (105 marks, 35% of the qualifcation)

This unit tests students’ understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques. Students will be provided with a set of audio and MIDI materials and will have to correct and combine these materials to form a completed mix. Students will also be required to write a short essay focusing on a specific area of the history of music technology. This will be completed using Logic X on the iMacs during the main exam period.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

  • Music Technology Club
  • Assisting recordings at KS3
  • School Musical
  • Opportunities to play with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Twynham Scholarship Orchestra
  • UT Funk Jazz Band
  • ABRSM Grade 5 Theory
  • Music Tour (to Europe)
  • A Level Recital Evening
  • Priory Carol Festival
  • Bournemouth Music Festival
  • New Milton Music Festival